Group InfoTech Signs Agreement with Bell & Howell Information and Learning To Digitize ProQuest Historical Newspapers

Apr 04, 2001, 01:00 ET from Group InfoTech Inc.

    LANSING, Mich., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Group InfoTech is pleased to
 assist Bell & Howell Information and Learning in its digitization effort of
 the leading national newspaper backfiles.  Newspapers will be scanned from
 microfilm and converted to searchable text and "article clip" images for use
 within the premier ProQuest(R) database.
     "Our approach to this large scale conversion is to focus on the image
 quality.  This will provide the best possible visual representation of the
 articles for the customer, and with better image quality we can better distill
 the searchable words from the microfilm archives," states William J. Ray,
 Ph. D., president and CEO of Group InfoTech.
     The current conversion agreement consists of nearly 2 million page images
 to be converted from microfilm into extensible markup language (XML).  Group
 InfoTech expects the capacity need to increase as the product gains acceptance
 and is actively improving the conversion through innovation within the
 production operation at our conversion partner, Ninestar Information
 Technologies Limited.
 
     About Group InfoTech
     Group InfoTech Inc. is a privately held company based in Lansing,
 Michigan.  The company was founded in 1990 and consists of 3 divisions: a new
 color production division, Electrographics; a systems integration and software
 division, InfoTech; and an optical character recognition (OCR) division,
 Datacom, along with two ancillary companies, Digiscan S.A. de C.V. Mexico
 City, and Titian LLC.  For more information about Group InfoTech Inc., call
 517-336-7110, or visit http://groupinfo.com .
 
     About Datacom
     Datacom comprises the electronic text conversion operations of printed or
 microfilm type and images to digital format without the need for reentry.
 Through structured markup and intelligent OCR, hardcopy and microform data is
 easily re-purposed for various types of outputs.  The conversion is
 accomplished through unique software that provides for the reduction, or
 elimination, of manual proofing.  The Datacom approach is ideal for books,
 journals, and archived images.
 
     About Bell & Howell Information and Learning
     Bell & Howell Information and Learning (formerly UMI) is a world leader in
 collecting, organizing, and distributing information worldwide to researchers,
 faculty, and students in libraries and schools.  Known widely for its strength
 in business and economics, general-reference, humanities, social sciences, and
 STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals,
 newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information
 from more than 8,000 publishers worldwide.  For more information about Bell &
 Howell Information and Learning, visit http://www.infolearning.com .
 
 

SOURCE Group InfoTech Inc.
    LANSING, Mich., April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Group InfoTech is pleased to
 assist Bell & Howell Information and Learning in its digitization effort of
 the leading national newspaper backfiles.  Newspapers will be scanned from
 microfilm and converted to searchable text and "article clip" images for use
 within the premier ProQuest(R) database.
     "Our approach to this large scale conversion is to focus on the image
 quality.  This will provide the best possible visual representation of the
 articles for the customer, and with better image quality we can better distill
 the searchable words from the microfilm archives," states William J. Ray,
 Ph. D., president and CEO of Group InfoTech.
     The current conversion agreement consists of nearly 2 million page images
 to be converted from microfilm into extensible markup language (XML).  Group
 InfoTech expects the capacity need to increase as the product gains acceptance
 and is actively improving the conversion through innovation within the
 production operation at our conversion partner, Ninestar Information
 Technologies Limited.
 
     About Group InfoTech
     Group InfoTech Inc. is a privately held company based in Lansing,
 Michigan.  The company was founded in 1990 and consists of 3 divisions: a new
 color production division, Electrographics; a systems integration and software
 division, InfoTech; and an optical character recognition (OCR) division,
 Datacom, along with two ancillary companies, Digiscan S.A. de C.V. Mexico
 City, and Titian LLC.  For more information about Group InfoTech Inc., call
 517-336-7110, or visit http://groupinfo.com .
 
     About Datacom
     Datacom comprises the electronic text conversion operations of printed or
 microfilm type and images to digital format without the need for reentry.
 Through structured markup and intelligent OCR, hardcopy and microform data is
 easily re-purposed for various types of outputs.  The conversion is
 accomplished through unique software that provides for the reduction, or
 elimination, of manual proofing.  The Datacom approach is ideal for books,
 journals, and archived images.
 
     About Bell & Howell Information and Learning
     Bell & Howell Information and Learning (formerly UMI) is a world leader in
 collecting, organizing, and distributing information worldwide to researchers,
 faculty, and students in libraries and schools.  Known widely for its strength
 in business and economics, general-reference, humanities, social sciences, and
 STM content, the company develops premium databases comprising periodicals,
 newspapers, dissertations, out-of-print books, and other scholarly information
 from more than 8,000 publishers worldwide.  For more information about Bell &
 Howell Information and Learning, visit http://www.infolearning.com .
 
 SOURCE  Group InfoTech Inc.